Aero Caucus Hosts DARPA Director & Industry Displays

On April 1, 2014, Aerospace Caucus co-chairs, Senators Patty Murray and Saxby Chambliss, hosted an event on the importance of defense research and development (R&D) on innovation. The event featured Dr. Arati Prabhakar the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who spoke to the innovations that have entered the commercial marketplace because of defense R&D investments.

Restoring Balance in the Defense Acquisition System

Mar. 11, 2014

Over the past quarter century, more than 300 commissions and studies have produced a variety of recommendations – some of which have become law – to change…

For FY15 Budget AIA Urges Congress to Consider Security Threats

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on the release of the President’s Budget Request for the Department of Defense.

Easing the Burden: Reducing the cost of national security space capabilities

Feb. 27, 2014

For more than five decades, our national security space assets have grown tremendously more capable and essential to our nation’s armed forces and national security decision makers. They are…

AIA Recommends Defense Industrial Base Strategy

Excerpt from Testimony provided today by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces on the state of the defense industrial base and challenges it faces.

AIA Welcomes Announcement of Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on President Obama’s announcement of Two New Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.

AIA Names Schmid Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy

Arlington, Va. — Elizabeth L. “Betsy” Schmid has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy, bringing extensive legislative experience on budget policy from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

The Conflict Minerals Story

Feb. 10, 2014

One of the primary methods of supporting Conflict Minerals control is through responsible sourcing of the products that may contain conflict minerals. Responsible sourcing is an important…

A commercial solution for speeding up aircraft development

Author: Marion C. Blakey

We hear it often: It takes entirely too long to develop new military aircraft and other defense systems. We wistfully long for the bygone era when legendary outfits like Kelly Johnson’s Lockheed Skunk Works team actually went from proposal to production of a new aircraft concept, the XP-80 jet, in only 143 days.

AIA Holds “Faces of the Industrial Base” Event

Author: Trevor Waddell

On Tuesday, November 13, the Aerospace Industries Association held its third "Faces of the Industrial Base" outreach event on Capitol Hill.  The day featured meetings with Congressional staffers and members of Congress at which leading defense suppliers warned how budget austerity is adversely impacting their ability to participate in the supply chain and attract a new generation of skilled workers. The suppliers in attendance included GSE Dynamics, UEC Electronics, Harry Krantz Company, TW Metals, Pro-Fab Inc., Innoventor, Patriot Machine, Zero Point Frontiers Corporation, NATEL, Microsemi, and McCann Aerospace Machining Corp.